Fires are destructive for any business, but the response becomes much more involved in hospitals. Moving patients may pose severe risks to their health. Anything you can do to prevent fires from happening in the first place will help you avoid the challenges they present.
At Unlimited Restoration, we specialize in disaster response. We’ve seen what fires can do to hospitals, and our experience gives us a unique perspective on prevention. Here are a few tips that can help you avoid an emergency.
A little extra knowledge goes a long way in fire safety. Keeping the following in mind will help you prevent fires and ensure everyone’s safety.
According to the National Fire Prevention Agency, fires in hospitals and health care facilities typically start due to several common causes. Kitchen fires started by cooking equipment lead the chart. Other common origins include fires caused by electrical equipment, intentional acts, heating systems, smokers and accidents while using heat sources, in that order.
If you see a fire or hear an alarm, patient safety takes precedence. If the fire is controllable, a fire extinguisher can buy valuable time while people leave the area, or might even put the fire out. If the danger is immediate or the flames are growing too fast, engaging your evacuation plan will help you stay ahead.
Gain the peace of mind that comes with having a plan to act fast if a fire breaks out in your hospital or health care facility. With a Priority Response Emergency Plan (PREP) from URI, “We’re On It.” Our team will evaluate your entire structure and determine everything we need to do ahead of time to bring your facility back online fast. Having a plan ready with URI also gives you priority 24/7 disaster response in case you ever need it.